Tom Melbourne was all but retired before trainer Lindsey Smith got in touch with OTI Racing, convincing them to give the popular nine year-old another chance.
Caloundra trainer David Vandyke has continued his great start to the season and is hoping to capitalise in feature races during the Queensland summer carnival.
Leading regional trainers Clint Lundholm and Brett Thompson provide the strongest punting push with ample winning form and substantial runners throughout Dubbo’s TAB meeting on Sunday.
As the adage goes, ‘you’ve got to be in it to win it’ and that will be trainer Bjorn Baker’s weekend philosophy as he prepares a seven-strong team for the stand-alone meeting at Newcastle.
There’ll be little doubt in co-trainer Adrian Bott’s mind unbeaten three-year-old Rule The World will deserve a shot at an autumn Group 1 if he can make it four from four at Newastle on Saturday.
Kris Lees will be breathing easier himself if a gear change has the desired effect on Graff in Saturday’s inaugural $1m The Hunter (1300m) at Broadmeadow.
If training titles were won and lost on self-belief, Hawkesbury-based horseman Matt Vella would be eyeballing Chris Waller and James Cummings in the premiership race already.